The term Haapsalu rätik (Haapsalu shawl or scarf) seems to be a universal title for a lace shawl or scarf in Estonia. In Estonia, a true Haapsalu rätik is square, while a triangular shawl is known as a kolmnurk rätik and rectangular shawls or scarves are known as sall. All are made with openwork lace patterns, whether traditional or newly designed, and if there is an äärepits or lacy edge for a traditional style, it is always knitted separately and sewn to the completed center section by hand. There is much more to these shawls than meets the eye. It is the small details that make them so interesting and fun to knit.
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